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What is Stephen Reaction? - Chemistry

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What is Stephen reaction?

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Solution

Alkyl nitriles on reduction with stannous chloride and hydrochloric acid in dry ether give corresponding imine hydrochlorides which on acid hydrolysis, give corresponding aldehydes. This reaction is known as Stephen reaction. Ketones cannot be prepared by Stephen reaction.

Concept: Cyanides and Isocyanides
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